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September 12, 2008

Back at Charleston Stage by Bessie Edwards

Filed under: Back Stage Blog — julianw @ 7:16 pm

Ten years ago I was a goose in Charleston Stage’s production of Charlotte’s Web. I fell in love with the company then, and all throughout middle and high school I stayed involved with the company. I acted in several shows and worked on crew for over a dozen productions while I was in TheatreWings, our high school apprentice program.  After high school I attended Siena College in Albany, NY where I majored in psychology and received a certificate in theatre. While there I acted and stage managed for the school, and last fall I did an internship for The Unicorn Theatre in London, England. As graduation grew closer, I knew that I wanted to return to Charleston to work for Charleston Stage. In July, I was hired to become Charleston Stage’s Management Intern and got settled back into the company during our SummerStage production of High School Musical. Since then I have been working on West Side Story, and also loving the time I have to work with the TheatreWings kids. It truly feels like being home again. Last night I called all 167 cues for the opening of our spectacular West Side Story.  Calling cues means I direct when every light comes on, when scenery flies in and out, as well as, cueing all of the special effects.  It’s a complicated show, a cue every few seconds, but last night it went off without a hitch—I’ve come a long way from being a goose to cueing this full scale mega production and I owe it all to Charleston Stage.

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